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Democrats quick to criticize McDonnell for raising money for Vermont candidate

Anita Kumar

Ever since he won a landslide victory in November, Gov. Bob McDonnell has been in demand from gubernatorial and congressional candidates who want help campaigning and raising money. He's been invited everywhere from Iowa to Puerto Rico, Texas to Michigan.

But politics is politics. And Democrats elsewhere sure seem to be ready to criticize him for the same sorts of things he gets attacked for here at home. His thesis. Confederate History month. His executive order . (It's the same when high-profile Democrats visit other states, too.)

This week, several of the Democratic candidates for governor in liberal Vermont (home of a self-described socialist senator) were quick to criticize after McDonnell hosted a fundraiser for the state's lieutenant governor, Brian Dubie, the Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Don't expect it to stop McDonnell.

Phil Cox, a senior adviser to the governor, said McDonnell may have become a target for Democrats because he delivered the response to the State of the Union Address in January. "He's a fresh new face of the party,'' Cox said.

In the coming weeks, McDonnell will hold a fundraiser for Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania attorney general. Both are running for governor in their states. (Corbett held a fundraiser for McDonnell when he was running for governor.)

On Monday, McDonnell helped raise $30,000 for Dubie at the fundraiser at BGR Group, a lobbying firm in Washington. Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who has worked with Dubie through the National Lieutenant Governors Association, attended the event and introduced the governor.

At least three of the five Democrats running for governor in Vermont -- Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz and former legislator Matt Dunne -- criticized Dubie for his appearance with McDonnell. Markowitz called on him to return the donations, according to news reports. The event was also reported unfavorably on several left-leaning blogs.

"Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, one of the nation's most conservative governors, is fundraising for Brian Dubie. From his views on gay/lesbian issues to his opinion of women in the workforce, McDonnell runs contrary to everything we believe and are trying to achieve in VT,'' Dunne wrote to supporters.

McDonnell also raised an additional $100,000 that night for former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich at the McLean home of Dwight Schar, founder of NVR Inc, one of the nation's largest homebuilders. Ehrlich is running against Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

By Anita Kumar  |  June 10, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
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of course McDonnell is going to be a target. He is an idiot and he brings it all on himself. Him and Cuccinelli are in a contest to see who can be the worst politician in Virginia History.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why does the GOP turn into a hero everyone who wins an election? It's amazing. Are they that unsure of themselves?

Posted by: jckdoors | June 10, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't he issue Confederate greenbacks, to honor those who fought for state's rights?

Posted by: krickey7 | June 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"Him and Cuccinelli are in a contest to see who can be the worst politician in Virginia History."

except... the AG isn't supposed to be a politician (all evidence to the contrary).

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | June 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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